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The Construction of Adolescence in a Changing World: Implications for Sexuality, Reproduction, and Marriage

John C. Caldwell, Pat Caldwell, Bruce K. Caldwell and Indrani Pieris
Studies in Family Planning
Vol. 29, No. 2, Adolescent Reproductive Behavior in the Developing World (Jun., 1998), pp. 137-153
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/172155
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/172155
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

This article aims to show how the period now known as adolescence came into being and how it was shaped by international economic, institutional, and social influences. It considers premodern societies and argues that traditional culture has shaped contemporary adolescence even more than has global society. Explanations are offered for the enormous differences across the world in adolescent sexuality, reproduction, and marriage. The data are drawn mainly from research programs in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh, and comparisons are made with other countries.

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